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I Ate That Gross Gummy Bear And Mayo Salad From “HIMYM” And It Was So Awful

Well, that's certainly an obscene amount of mayo.

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If you’re a fan of How I Met Your Mother, then you know who Marshall Eriksen is. And if you know who Marshall is, then you probably know his insanely tall and wholesome family and their love of a certain dish: the Eriksen Seven-Layer Salad made up of 16 CUPS OF FREAKIN’ MAYO.

You know, the "salad" that is served at Eriksen family gatherings such as Thanksgiving.

Well, I decided to re-create this gelatinous egg concoction to see what it tastes like IRL. And, to make sure I had all the correct layers, I spoke with David Baker, the prop master on HIMYM, who told me every ingredient I would need.




Bacon bits

Shredded carrots

Purple cabbage


Gummy bears

Potato chips

16 cups of mayo*

*I halved the recipe from 16 cups of mayo to 8 cups mostly because I'm not a 7-foot-tall person from St. Cloud, Minnesota, who lives and breathes mayo.


Finally it was time to try (what I will lovingly call) the most puke-worthy thing I've ever seen in my entire life.

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I might look like I'm excited to try this gross dish, but, tbh, it's more of an "omg I'm in 100% denial about what I'm about to eat" and "get me out of here" look.


But once I actually tasted that sweet, sweet mayo, I realized that it was actually kind of good...JUST KIDDING IT WAS LITERALLY THE WORST THING I'VE EVER TASTED.

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At first I tasted the salt from the chips and was kind of pleasantly surprised, but less than half a second later the mayo flavor hit me hard and I just couldn't even handle the taste or consistency. Macey, the photographer, had to ask me if I was going to be OK, and, honestly, I don't know if I'll ever be OK after that experience.

Basically, everyone should be seriously impressed and/or intimidated by the Eriksen family because they are a family of brave souls who can casually down a meal that is pretty much just gummy bears and Funyuns drowning in a sea of sweaty mayo.